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above: DP’s preview of the new Photobucket experience
Photobucket is back in the game. The company announced today that their revamped image hosting site (which is gradually rolling out to the public) will feature solutions to common issues that photographers face regarding organization and backup. They say the new experience will help shutterbugs “take back control of the entire photo and video lifecycle.”
These changes are in response to the results of an exhaustive survey conducted by Photobucket, from which they learned that photographers’ biggest frustrations are lack of options and tools for secure backup in a single place, organization across multiple devices and sites, and improved creative tools.
To address those issues, the new and improved Photobucket allows you to:
* Automatically upload photos and videos from PCs, mobile phones and social sites
* Control what is shared, when and where
* Utilize diverse creative tools, including fast and easy-to-use editing
* Preserve all original images, maintaining the complete picture
* Ensure safe, secure storage of all photos and videos, forever
In addition to the revamped site, next month Photobucket will debut the Photobucket Stories site, which will allow users to add a narrative element to their photography. “With Photobucket Stories,” the company says, “you can easily create, curate, and collaborate with friends, combining photos, video and text all on a single canvas that can be easily shared. No longer are you confined to sharing images one at a time or in structured album formats; with Photobucket Stories you can tell your complete story with context and meaning.” Sign up here to be invited into the public beta when the site goes live.
The last of the major camera makers to unveil a mirrorless camera, Canon today announced the compact interchangeable lens (ILC) EOS M. With an 18-megapixel APS-C size CMOS image sensor (familiar to Canon DSLRs) and a Powershot-size body, the EOS M is both recognizable and entirely new to Canon shooters.
The first Canon ILC to abandon the mirror box, the EOS M operates with an entirely new lens system, designed specifically for this format. So far the system includes two lenses—the EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM kit lens and the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, and, fortunately, with a mount adapter the camera can also use any Canon EF and EF-S lens. The EOS M features an ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode) for stills and ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12800 in H mode) for video. It uses the Movie Servo continuous AF function for shooting video that was first unveiled with the Canon T4i DSLR, which allows you to lock focus on subjects as you pan around a scene or track a single, moving subject and keep it in focus. The camera also features a 1,040,000 dots smudge resistant, 3-inch touchscreen LCD with pinch-to-zoom and swipe scroll controls.
The Canon EOS M—with the new EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM kit lens—will be available in October for $799.99, and the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens will be available at the same time for $299.99.
Panasonic has announced the latest in their Lumix G lineup of mirrorless, interchangeable lens cameras—the Lumix DMC-G5. Among the updates from the G5′s predecessor, the G3, is a 920,000 dot resolution, 3-inch, rotating rear LCD, which is equipped with a new Touch AF function that let’s you set the focus on any point in the framed shot with a swipe of your finger. The camera also has an electronic viewfinder (EVF) that offers 100% field of view as well as a new Electronic Shutter mode for silent operation in quiet places. The 16-megapixel G5 also shoots full HD video and records to MP4 format, and the Touch AF function also works during video capture.
Though dates haven’t been released, we know that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 will be available with a body color of either black, white or silver in various kit options. Currently, the G3 is listed at $599.99 (body only).
Polaroid has just announced the new Z2300, the latest offering in the company’s instant digital camera lineup. The 10-megapixel Z2300 features a 3-inch LCD screen and an integrated printer with Zero Ink (“ZINK”) Technology that lets you capture, edit and print full color, 2×3-inch prints in under a minute. Here’s how the ZINK Technology works: “The patented ZINK Paper® is an advanced composite material with cyan, yellow, and magenta dye crystals embedded inside. Before printing, the embedded dye crystals are clear, so the ZINK Paper looks like regular white photo paper. The Z2300 uses heat to activate and colorize these crystals, delivering clear, vibrant prints in less than a minute…The ZINK prints emerge fully developed and protected by a smudge-proof, water-resistant coating.” Neat. And there are a couple of printing style choices, including the iconic Polaroid Classic Border Logo or full bleed and contemporary 2×3-inch photos with a sticky back.
The Polaroid Z2300 camera is available for pre-order now for $159.99, with 50-packs of 2×3 premium ZINK Paper retailing for $24.99 and 30-sheet packs retailing for $14.99. Polaroid is also hosting a giveaway to allow fans the chance to get a free Z2300 before they hit shelves. Check out the sweepstakes rules at www.facebook.com/Polaroid.
Nikon has just introduced two new NIKKOR lenses: the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR and the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR. The new superzoom 18-300mm offers Nikon’s longest focal range ever, expanding on two popular existing telephoto lenses in the NIKKOR lineup, the 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 and 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lenses. In addition to being a killer travel lens (assuming it’s actually as “surprisingly compact [and] lightweight” as Nikon claims), the 18-300mm is being marketed as a great lens for shooting HD video because the long focal range would allow for “wide establishing shots, medium close-up shots and extreme telephoto sequences when the users want to separate the subject from the background.”
The new, FX-format compatible NIKKOR 24-85mm lens is being billed as the go-to everyday Nikon shooter’s lens, with more range than the standard kit lens and built-in vibration reduction technology that recognizes and adjusts for tripod mounted shooting.
Both new NIKKOR lenses will be available at the end of the month, with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR priced at $999.95 and the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR priced at $599.95.
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